After reading Chapter 3D: Selected Economic Policy Issues – The U.S. Economy and the Developing Nations: Complexity, Challenge, and Choices from Economic Justice for All, reflect on the following questions and consider posting your responses in the comment section below.
Supplemental Readings & Resources:
Caritas Internationalis is the global confederation of over 160 national Catholic charities, serving all poor people, of all faiths, all over the world. Caritas North America consists of three organizations from the United States and Canada: Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Relief Services, and Development and Peace Canada.
Caritas Voices Against Poverty – a website with a wealth of information
Caritas Voices Against Poverty: Action Overview – ideas for taking action
Millennium Development Goals: 2014 Progress Chart (United Nations, 2014)
The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet (United Nations, 2014)
- The bishops speak of global interdependence and describe “the scandal of the shocking inequality between the rich and the poor” in the world. In what ways is global interdependence increasingly evident in our world?
- How do problems such as Third World debt, famine and starvation, and ecological neglect affect us as Americans?
- What personal and social actions can Americans take to assist the poor of the Third World? Why is such action in our own interest?
- The bishops point out that many of the reforms suggested in this chapter would be expensive. They conclude by saying “the question is not whether the United States can provide the necessary funds to meet our social needs, but whether we have the political will to do so.” What do you think it will take for the United States to muster the necessary political will to implement some of the proposals the bishops recommend?